Welcome to Aptos

Serene beachside community

Follow the majestic redwood trees as they lead down to the mesmerizing Monterey Bay. The views from Aptos are stunning and one of the reasons people call this place home. Life is different here. 


What to Love

  • Aptos Village
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
  • Seacliff State Beach
  • Seascape Resort and Golf course
  • Charming Aptos, CA homes for sale and real estate options


Local Lifestyle - Living in Aptos

Aptos is an established community that values small, local businesses, an idea that has helped shape the town into what it is today. It does not have big box stores or industrial areas. Tourists do visit Aptos, but it is not a tourist town. Locals can trek through the forest to view all its grandeur and then spend time playing in the surf, all on the same day. There is no place quite like it. 


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Aptos

The Parish Publick House is a top-tier Irish pub, where the high ceiling and wooden beams add charm to the place. This is an exceptional spot for sandwiches and salads. While all the food is tasty, the salmon fish and chips raise the bar.


The Venus Pie Trap is a beachside bistro that mainly serves coffee, pie, and pizza. Venus Spirits teamed up with Edith’s Pie, Manresa Bread, Laundromat Bagels, and 11th-Hour Coffee to supply the restaurant with its tasty treats. There is patio seating, but many prefer to get it to go and then picnic at the beach.


Hungry diners come to The Hideout for a great meal of comfort food and cocktails. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating and a cozy fireplace. The juicy Hideout burger, truffle fries, and homemade potato chips are in demand.


The town center, Aptos Village, has become a new hub of activity. You will find unique restaurants and boutiques as you stroll along the sidewalks. One such place, Mentone, is housed in a multi-colored barn with bold green doors. You do not expect to find a trendy Italian eatery hiding inside. Inspired by the cuisine of the Riviera, Michelin chef David Kinch adds his spin to the dishes. People cannot stop talking about the pizzas. Mentone takes walk-ins, but seating is limited, so it is best to call ahead.


Things to Do in Aptos

Every 4th of July, locals line the street to watch the “World’s Shortest Parade.” People come out in droves, even though the parade route is only a half-mile long. The parade kicks off the activities for the day. There is live music, dancing, eating, and games for the kids. It is a miss-visit event for the whole area.


The Aptos Farmers Market is always a crowd-pleaser. Located at Cabrillo College, it is open every Saturday, rain or shine. Locals get the chance to talk with the farmers and visit with others in the community. There are 90 vendors, most of whom grow certified organic produce.


With its 30 miles of trails, Nisene Marks State Park is a great place to go hiking or bicycling. If you are new to hiking, take Waggoner Overlook, an easy trail that is wheelchair accessible and leads you to an overlook of Aptos Creek. Families enjoy the park, often having a picnic lunch and spending the day in nature.


For a different day-out experience, many locals opt for the sand and surf. There are miles of coastline to explore. People go surfing and looking for gray whales and bottlenose dolphins at Manresa State Beach. Many choose Seacliff State Beach to go camping. They also visit to fish off the pier near the famous cement ship, SS Palo Alto. Rio Del Mar State Beach is a top choice to walk your dog or enjoy a crackling evening campfire with friends on the sandy shores.



Aptos High School is ranked number one in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Cabrillo offers education programs that align closely with careers in technology. It also helps prepare students for transfers to the University of California Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University.



Overview for Aptos, CA

6,372 people live in Aptos, where the median age is 53.5 and the average individual income is $64,912. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Aptos, CA

Aptos has 2,621 households, with an average household size of 2.43. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Aptos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,372 people call Aptos home. The population density is 968.67 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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43.08 / 56.92%

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Schools in Aptos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Aptos. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Mar Vista Elementary
K - 6th
9th - 12th
Twin Lakes Christian School
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Aptos Junior High
7th - 8th
Valencia Elementary
K - 6th

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